Beyonce’s New “Feminist” Fragrance Is Inspired By A Maya Angelou Poem, Smells Like Gold Symphony Orchid And Cashmere
Beyonce’s not done, y’all. In addition to blessing the world with the best Christmas gift ever just a week ago, Bey — or should we call her Yonce now? — is releasing her third fragrance, called Rise, inspired by her favorite Maya Angelou poem. Perhaps that poem is “Still I Rise,” which includes the line:
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
In any case, Bey’s inspiration, fragrance name and perfume maker Coty’s explanation that “the fragrance concept is a about female empowerment and finding the inner strength that makes women so beautiful,” has led the internet to dub this Beyonce’s “feminist” fragrance. So what does feminism smell like? Vag musk and misandry? No, silly! The main note is something called “gold symphony orchid,” with additional notes of golden apricot, jasmine, freesia, Italian bergamot, iced basil sorbet — mmm, refreshing – autumn woods, cashmere, musk, and vetiver extract. Cashmere has a scent? I need to smell this for myself. Coty, hook it up! [NYMag.com]